Shakespeare asked us "what's in a name?", but this week there was so much going on, that one has to wonder 'what's in a week?" In many ways, a week is a week – it has 7 days. Many of us spend 5 of those days working. We try to fit in some rest and some worship on the remaining days (I'm not going to take the time to contemplate how backwards that may be).
And then every once in a while, the various levels of government proclaim a week to focus on something in particular. It's usually a reflection of that government's values, which tells us a lot about the many weeks that happened this week and the jurisdictions they happened in.
1. Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, BC & the District of Saanich.
I wrote yesterday about Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard's proclamation of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, and that it occurs within a 15 year standing mandate of the province. To continue to promote this conversation is essential, as violence against women continues to plague our communities. The unsolved murder of Lindsay Buziak. The missing women's inquiry in Vancouver. The network of Transition Houses across the province – including The Cridge Transition House for Women – who work together to ensure that women and children find the safest possible homes.
We've come a long way, baby … but not far enough. This conversation can't end until every woman and child is safe in their homes.
2. Volunteer Appreciation Week, Canada
Across Canada, celebrations were held this week for the 13.3 million Canadians who give of their time and talents to support the good work of our many charities and non-profits. Fromthe art to the environment to social services, charities rely on the giving spritis and strong bodies of volunteers. Here at The Cridge Centre, the convergence of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week was noted in a 'Thank-You Cheesecake Tea" for the volunteers at The Cridge Transition House for Women.
What stood out in conversations with the volunteers was that while they are clearly devoted to the difference they make with the women and children at the house – two volunteers were recognized for their more than a decade of service each – they also contribute to many other worthy causes in town. These women give, repeatedly and faithfully, in ways that matter to them and make a lasting difference for those they serve. Thank you, even accompanied by cheesecake, doesn't feel like enough.
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3. Gift Planning Week, Victoria
In recognition of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners national conference taking place this week in Victoria, Mayor Dean Fortin declared this 'Gift Planning Week' in the capital city. it's a great reminder to let each of you know that if you would like more information about planned giving, or have already planned a future gift to The Cridge Centre, we're happy to talk with you about that.